Keas are primarily ground-dwelling birds that are extremely lively and intelligent. They develop a very pronounced instinct for play and inspect everything new with curiosity or destructively. Keas used to be hunted by farmers because they would sit on sheep and peck at the flesh on their backs while they were still alive. The injured sheep often died from their infected wounds. Since 1986 keas have been protected as an endangered species.
|Classification||Order: parrots; family: New Zealand parrots|
|Habitat||Mountain ranges above the treeline on New Zealand’s South Island, non-migratory|
|Reproduction||2–4 eggs that are incubated for 2 to 4 weeks|
|Diet||Roots, tubers, fruits, insects, occasionally animal flesh; Keas benefit from human waste dumps|